Board / Staff
Board of directors
Alan Macrae, President
Author of Mud, Space and Spirit, the pioneering book of New Mexico 60’s architecture, a native New Mexican and local builder, he is also a published poet and novelist.
Janet Webb, Vice President
Janet was the owner of Webb Design Inc., a design and marketing company focused on the tourism industry and the fine arts arena, until her retirement in 2015. She is involved with several other Taos arts organizations – Paseo Project, Harwood Museum of Art, included. She has lived in Taos since 1974.
Prudy Abeln, Treasurer
BA in Political Science/Education from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Utah. Most of her career Prudy was a Mortgage Loan Officer with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She is Past President of Taos Association of B&B Inns as well as immediate Past President of New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association (NMBBA). She is also a past Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5520.
Rebecca Lenzini, Secretary
Rebecca Lenzini: Owner of The Charleston Advisor, a trade journal serving libraries and publishers, which is read by over 2,000 subscribers worldwide and Nighthawk Press, a new Taos-based publishing company.
Magna cum laude in English from Harvard University. Interpreter for national Italian TV station in Rome, Italy; worked at Boston’s PBS TV station; co-founder of Ithaca Films, a film production entity; board member of Poet’s Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts; in California was active on boards such as Global Fund for Women. She and her husband, Michael, have produced numerous films shot across the world including several set in the southwest, "The Three Burials," and "The Homesman."
Jim worked overseas from 2006-2014 for the American Embassies in Tanzania, Ukraine, and Guyana. In Tanzania, he worked as the Media PEPFAR Outreach Coordinator writing articles and coordinating with the local media to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Prior to that he developed a small subdivision and he is currently active with the Taos Rotary Club.
Colette is Executive Director of the Taos Center for the Arts. She has an MFA in poetry a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Mean (U. of Chicago Press, 2008), a book of prose poems, and "Holdings," a text-object forthcoming from Container Press in 2019. She is currently the Poetry Editor at Zócalo Public Square.
Jan Smith, Executive Director
Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, was the curator of the SOMOS Summer/Winter Writers Series from 2009-2015, and is currently the Executive Director of SOMOS. She is a 2012 recipient of an award from Southwest Writers for her short story, "Breasts," and a 2014 first place award winner for an excerpt from her memoir," Blink Like Crazy."
Raised in Taos, Ariana holds a BA in Biology (Reed College) and an MS in Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning (Portland State University). She has worked for several nonprofits in roles including volunteer, office manager, educator, program and volunteer coordinator, executive assistant and director. A freelance writer and poet, she curates National Poetry Month events for SOMOS.